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Options Weighed For Remaining Radioactive Hanford Tunnel

Northwest News Network | July 24, 2017 midnight

The U.S. Department of Energy rolled out several options at a public meeting Thursday night to stabilize what’s known as Tunnel 2 at the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

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High Risk For 2nd Tunnel Collapse At Hanford Nuclear Site

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2017 2:14 p.m. | Spokane, Wash.

The Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington state has two train tunnels full of very hot radioactive waste — and both tunnels are in danger of further collapse.

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Hanford Cleanup | Social Studies Bill | Finicum Shooting | Opioid Crisis

OPB | June 28, 2017 noon

We hear about what it will take to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation, new statewide social studies standards, a possible indictment in the 2016 shooting of LaVoy Finicum, and the opioid crisis in Oregon.

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Hanford Tunnel Getting An Extra Layer Of Protection

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2017 8 a.m.

Federal contractors plan to install another level of containment over the tunnel that caved in at the Hanford nuclear site on May 9. 

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The Waste That Remains From Arming Nuclear Weapons

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

The Hanford Nuclear Site has been in cleanup mode since the Cold War ended. But the first drop of waste has yet to be treated. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.


Hanford Workers' Skin Exposed To Radioactive Waste

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 19, 2016 5:15 p.m.

At least 10 Hanford workers were exposed to radioactive waste Tuesday at the nuclear cleanup site’s tank farm in southeast Washington.

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Fines Issued For Mishandling Hanford Waste

AP | Aug. 9, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Hanford, Washington

State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.

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Washington Fire Crews Fight To Keep Buffer Between Wildfire, Nuclear Reactor

Northwest News Network | Aug. 2, 2016 4:30 p.m.

Officials from the Hanford nuclear reservation and Energy Northwest have been meeting with fire managers in southeast Washington state Tuesday.

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Washington State AG Seeks Immediate Help For Hanford Workers

AP | July 21, 2016 10:39 a.m.

More than 50 workers have received medical evaluations after reporting exposure to vapors in recent months.

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Workers Outline Problems At Hanford Treatment Plant

Northwest News Network | March 17, 2016 7:42 a.m.

Hanford construction workers and managers testified in day two of a U.S. Department of Labor hearing Wednesday in Kennewick, where a different image emerged of  the site's under-construction waste treatment plant than is usually presented to the public.

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Former Hanford Workers Claim Dangerous Pranks, Falsified Reports

Northwest News Network | March 16, 2016 8:11 a.m.

Several former Hanford construction workers testified in a U.S. Department of Labor hearing in Kennewick Tuesday, saying managers at the nuclear site played dangerous pranks that ended in workers with bloodied fingers, an injured knee, a hurt arm and glue smeared across the face. 

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Portion Of Hanford May Be Removed From Hazardous List

AP | Sept. 9, 2015 12:26 p.m. | Richland, Washington

The portion is called the Hanford 1100 Area and covers 1.2 square miles.

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Q&A: What Went Wrong At Hanford?

Ecotrope | March 11, 2013 7:55 a.m.

Northwest public radio's longtime Hanford reporter Anna King explains what we know so far about leaking radioactive waste tanks at the Hanford Site and how they fit into the Department of Energy's massive nuclear waste clean-up project.

Energy | Ecotrope

Oregon lawmakers: Please don't send more radioactive waste to Hanford

Ecotrope | May 24, 2011 9:02 a.m.

Seventeen Oregon lawmakers are politely asking the U.S. Department of Energy not to choose Hanford as a permanent storage site for radioactive waste around the country. The DOE is considering Hanford for storage of waste that is "Greater than Class C" – not spent nuclear fuel but other kinds of waste like contaminated metal from decommissioned nuclear plants with radioactivity ...

Fish & Wildlife | Ecotrope

Radioactive mouse hunt at Hanford

Ecotrope | Nov. 19, 2010 5:32 a.m.

A follow-up to the radioactive rabbit chase earlier this month. From the Tri-City Herald:

Fish & Wildlife | Ecotrope

How Hanford hazards hop around

Ecotrope | Nov. 5, 2010 3:28 a.m.

A radioactive rabbit from Hanford caught the health department's attention Thursday when it was trapped near the nuclear reservation boundary. It was close enough to potentially come in contact with the public through droppings or interaction with other animals. After a hunt, no contaminated droppings were found in publicly accessible areas.

Energy | Ecotrope

Treating radioactive waste at Hanford

Ecotrope | Oct. 22, 2010 2:18 a.m.
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Lucky Hanford tour winners actually not so lucky

Ecotrope | Oct. 7, 2010 1:34 a.m.

As part of a birthday celebration for the Hanford Reach National Monument Saturday, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service was planning an exclusive tour of Rattlesnake Mountain.

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Video: Meanwhile, at Hanford...

Ecotrope | Sept. 21, 2010 2:51 p.m.
Energy | Ecotrope

Question safety at Hanford? Go choke on a cherry...

Ecotrope | Aug. 10, 2010 10:08 a.m.

In a Northwest News Network radio story today, whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis shares his side of the story on how he was fired from his upper-level management job at the Hanford nuclear site.